In the words of the Stark’s “Winter’s coming”. Maybe in the Game of Thrones this mean that the white walkers are coming to wreak havoc but at least in the Rugby League worlds it means that the International Season is in full swing. Yes you guess it I have been watching a bit of game of thrones recently reason being (Aside from lots of work) a back injury has had me layed up in bed the last week with not much else to do. International Rugby League is in full swing with many games being played across several continents. So a quick catch up on the scores and some of the more interesting news to come out of the cracks.
In my absence on the web many internationals have been played around the world. Australia and New Zealand played out a cracker of a game two weeks ago in Townsville 18-10. New Zealand put up a great fight as they always do, but in the great tradition of one off internationals, Australia got on top of the arm wrestle.
In Europe there are two tournaments that are running, the European Cup with Scotland, Ireland and England Knights and a tri-nations involving England, Wales and France. Both these tournaments are in the second round. As expected the English are dominating proceedings with some big results put in. Though some may say this is detrimental to the game, giving nations as many opportunities against quality opposition can never be detrimental. Wales have had a hard time of it, though they have been competitive for large sections of each match they have fallen off in the last parts of the game. France with a slow start against the Welsh, eventually won 20-6 the Dragonhearts putting up a spirited defence in the second half. Against the English the Welsh were outclassed with Kevin Sinfield exploiting every chink in the armour he could. England won 80-12.
There have been two other internationals played involving some of the newest nations in Rugby League. In Bangkok, Thailand took on the Philippines. It ended up being a bit of a rout in front of 150 people. Philippines with a host of NRL stars beat Thailand 86-0. Elsewhere in Vanuatu, they took on Greece. Again it was locals against pros but the Vanuatu team, which has been one of Dane Campbell’s projects , put up one hell of a fight. The Greeks in the end won the match 26-14 in front of over 3000 people!
The Polska Rugby XIII are looking at one last hit out for the year. Plans are well under way with the Hungarian Rugby League however finances for the team are hard to come by. So PRXIII are looking to sponsorship. If there is anyone that would like to help out then you can contact Lukasz Lucka on email@example.com to discuss how you can help out Polish Rugby League.
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